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TET Director's Box

  • The TET looks forward to engaging with interagency and foreign government partners as well as academia and private industry representatives. We are all in this effort together and can achieve the best results when we combine and learn from each other’s creativity, determination, and capabilities.” — Patricia Watts, Director of the Technology Engagement Team

     

Programs: Tech Challenges, Tech Demo Series, Tech Testbed, Tech-Driven OperationsThe Threats: Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation

  • Adversaries who produce propaganda disseminate misleading, deceptive, or inaccurate information with the intent to sway consumers’ beliefs, opinions, and perceptions.
  • Actors who disseminate information they know to be inaccurate are engaging in disinformation campaigns, whereas actors who spread false information, but do not demonstrate a clear intention to mislead, are spreading misinformation.

Defending Against the Threats

  • Identify, assess, and categorize novel technologies in this field.
  • Match technologies to the most timely and acute needs of the U.S. government.
  • Maintain a technology portal for testing and assessing these tools and technologies.
  • Broker constructive engagements between the U.S. government and the tech sector to identify, expose, and defend against foreign propaganda and disinformation.

Locations

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U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future